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TO DEC. 2
Charles A. Veatch has been involved in Reston real estate since 1961, the year the Virginia planned suburb was established. But Veatch’s “serious avocation” is photography. Last year, he published The Nature of Reston, a hardcover collection of photographs he took of local flora and fauna. Now, the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne is showing 42 photographs taken by Veatch during the past three years. With a much larger universe to photograph, the result—a mix of naturalistic and impressionistic nature images—is even more striking. The silkily fluid movement of “Water/Color” pays homage to nature photographer Eliot Porter; the bare trees of “After the Fall” look as if they were painted by Paul Cezanne. (I only “get” the image after Veatch explains that it captures the trees’ reflection on a surface of water.) Utah’s Monument Valley—no surprise—looks great, although Veatch’s best portrayal of it is also his most understated, a series of four identical images taken with incrementally less late-afternoon light. Veatch’s most distinctive technique is to shoot nine exposures of a scene on one frame of film, slightly rotating his camera before each exposure. These dreamily effective photographs mute Veatch’s otherwise pulsating color palette, providing a welcome respite from the somewhat overproduced feel that burdens some of his work. Veatch’s shots are on view from 10 a.m. to 10.p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, Saturday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 13 through Thursday, Nov. 16, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston. Free. (703) 689-3550. (Louis Jacobson)